I have long believed that the Grace of God that extends salvation to us is the same power of God that gives us victory in daily living and growth in Christ. That grace is the basic factor in the gospel, I believe, thus the continuous work of grace does not surprise me in the least.
God does not extend grace to convert us, then leave us on our own as abandoned children to fend for ourselves. Through His grace he teaches us, nurtures us, constrains us, and by the grace of God tasted death for us. The concept of “for us” runs all through scripture.
One numb skulled listener to a radio station criticized me for “Preaching the gospel too much.” I gently and sweetly replied, making no comment about his parents getting married, that he should attempt to read the book of Romans without being bombarded with the gospel of the grace of God.
Any attempt to remove or tone down the gospel denigrates the story of Jesus and His love to mere religious trivia. I like this comment from George Whitefield:
“The riches of His free grace cause me daily to triumph over all the temptations of the wicked one, who is very vigilant, and seeks all occasions to disturb me.”
2 Corinthians 9:8, “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work”
Copyright © 2013 Larry Lilly
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